Update: Teens face more charges in connection to string of break-ins

Sep. 13, 2013 @ 09:57 AM

A public tip helped Thomasville police arrest a pair of teenagers in connection to a string of break-ins dating back to last year.

According to a press release from Thomasville Police Department, Andrew Scott Freeman, 19, of 505 Duke St., and Brian Cody King, 18, of 428 Quaker Drive in Asheboro, face multiple breaking and entering charges following their arrest on Thursday morning. Scott and King were charged with four counts of felony breaking and entering, four counts of felony larceny, five counts of felony breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, four counts of misdemeanor larceny and one count of felony larceny of a motor vehicle.

"A citizen provided a tip after viewing the surveillance video of one of the break-ins," Detective Chet Jarrell said. "Once the suspects were identified, we were able to gather additional information that linked Freeman and King to the break-ins dating back to August, 2012."

The teens are charged in connection to break-ins at Liberty Drive Grill on Aug, 26, 2012, and April 14, 2013, a motor vehicle on Lexington Avenue (March 30), a motor vehicle and larceny on Dixon Circle (April 9), the Tom A. Finch YMCA (April 9), three vehicles on May 21, including two on Lexington Avenue and one on West Guilford Street, and Rumfelt's Collectibles on Fisher Ferry Street (June 10).  

Freeman and Scott’s troubles didn’t end there. The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, after sharing information with TPD, also charged the teens in connection to several break-ins going back to March. DCSO on Wednesday charged King with four counts of felony breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, two counts of felony larceny, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny of a firearm, injury to real property, injury to personal property and misdemeanor larceny. Scott is facing two counts of felony larceny of a motor vehicle, two counts of felony breaking and entering into a motor vehicle and one count of injury to personal property.

On March 13, DCSO investigated a motor vehicle theft on Bonnie Regan Road where the victim claimed someone stole her car from the carport and then abandoned it in the roadway. The victim reported several items were missing and there was damage to the vehicle. DCSO on April 17 received another call from a victim reporting her vehicle stolen from a service station on Jacob Street. Deputies recovered the vehicle a few days later in the parking lot of a nearby motel. The Thomasville Moose Lodge on May 29 reported a break-in resulting in damage to the building and the theft of money and property.

“I feel very fortunate to have such a strong working relationship with other law enforcement agencies in the county,” Sheriff David Grice said. “We worked with the Thomasville police, shared information and coordinated our investigation. That’s the way it tends to work. When we catch people they’re usually not just responsible for one but several. When you get those people or teens working together they can account for a large number of break-ins in a short period of time.”

Following their arrest by TPD, Freeman and Scott were placed in the Davidson County Jail and issued $10,000 secured bonds. They are scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 25. Their court date for the DCSO charges is scheduled for Sept. 23 in Lexington District Court.

Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or duke@tvilletimes.com.